I believe that it is a teacher’s job to motivate and help students deal with tackling non-preferred tasks as that is a part of life. If a child doesn’t understand something or gets something wrong it is up to the educator to present the information in a different way. Everyone learns differently and helping students understand how they learn can set them up to advocate for themselves.
I believe that making a personal connection with students is paramount. Children need to feel safe in order to take academic risks and understand that making mistakes is part of learning. They will work hard for someone that respects them and encourages them to reach their potential.
Above all else I believe that we should always focus on the positive as every child has a gift. Simply focusing on all a child’s weaknesses is counterproductive and can be so painful for parents to hear. I prefer to focus on meeting a child where they are and talking about what we are working on to help them close any gaps and help them grow as a learner.